The Narnian

How did this middle-aged Irish bachelor turn to the writing of stories for children -- stories that would become among the most popular and beloved ever written? Alan Jacobs masterfully tells the story of the original Narnian.

Author: Alan Jacobs

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780061750144

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 392

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The White Witch, Aslan, fauns and talking beasts, centaurs and epic battles between good and evil -- all these have become a part of our collective imagination through the classic volumes of The Chronicles of Narnia. Over the past half century, children everywhere have escaped into this world and delighted in its wonders and enchantments. Yet what we do know of the man who created Narnia? This biography sheds new light on the making of the original Narnian, C. S. Lewis himself. Lewis was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably the most influential religious writer of his day. An Oxford don and scholar of medieval literature, he loved to debate philosophy at his local pub, and his wartime broadcasts on the basics of Christian belief made him a celebrity in his native Britain. Yet one of the most intriguing aspects of Clive Staples Lewis remains a mystery. How did this middle-aged Irish bachelor turn to the writing of stories for children -- stories that would become among the most popular and beloved ever written? Alan Jacobs masterfully tells the story of the original Narnian. From Lewis's childhood days in Ireland playing with his brother, Warnie, to his horrific experiences in the trenches during World War I, to his friendship with J. R. R. Tolkien (and other members of the "Inklings"), and his remarkable late-life marriage to Joy Davidman, Jacobs traces the events and people that shaped Lewis's philosophy, theology, and fiction. The result is much more than a conventional biography of Lewis: Jacobs tells the story of a profound and extraordinary imagination. For those who grew up with Narnia, or for those just discovering it, The Narnian tells a remarkable tale of a man who knew great loss and great delight, but who knew above all that the world holds far more richness and meaning than the average eye can see.
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Past Watchful Dragons

Could one not steal past those watchful dragons? I thought one could. --C. S. Lewis on The Chronicles of Narnia (delete this note: keep dragons sentence in bold)

Author: Walter Hooper

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781556355486

Category: Religion

Page: 156

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I thought I saw how stories of this kind could steal past a certain inhibition which had paralysed much of my own religion in childhood. Why did one find it so hard to feel as one was told one ought to feel about God or about the sufferings of Christ? I thought the chief reason was that one was told one ought to. An obligation to feel can freeze feelings. And reverence itself did harm. The whole subject was associated with lowered voices, almost as if it were something medical. But supposing that by casting all these things into an imaginary world, stripping them of their stained-glass and Sunday school associations, one could make them for the first time appear in their real potency? Could one not steal past those watchful dragons? I thought one could. --C. S. Lewis on The Chronicles of Narnia (delete this note: keep dragons sentence in bold)
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A Reader s Guide to Caspian

consideration of the moral and religious vision of the Narnian stories (our topic in the next chapter) depends on an adequate understanding of whether the ...

Author: Leland Ryken

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 9780830874330

Category: Religion


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Back into Narnia "Once there were four children whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy, and it has been told in another book called The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe how they had a remarkable adventure." So begins C. S. Lewis's Prince Caspian and the children's second remarkable escapade into Narnia--a Narnia known but unknown, looking much different than it did in their first adventure. C. S. Lewis scholar Marjorie Lamp Mead and literary specialist Leland Ryken work their own magic to take you deep into Narnia once again, providing a guided tour of Prince Caspian that highlights characters, setting and framework, with rich background details to enhance your reading of the story. The authors also shed light on Lewis's imagination and literary forms, and include a brief biography of Lewis himself. Added questions for discussion and reflection make this the perfect companion to Prince Caspian for book discussion groups. Following the pattern set in their Reader's Guide Through the Wardrobe, Mead and Ryken help you, like the Pevensie children, enter Narnia again in a new way and find it to be an even more surprising place than you ever imagined.
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To Live Like a Narnian

... Emeth seems to have none of this fear. He has longed for this opportunity and even the chance of death does not deter him. The Narnian onlookers make ...

Author: Nicole Enyart

Publisher: Christian Faith Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 9781645695660

Category: Young Adult Nonfiction

Page: 90

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It all began with a picture drawn one random day, but really the lessons and memories of Narnia have been touching many lives for many years. For the rare few, Narnia is a place so much more than just an imaginary land. Lewis had always intended his books to be a guide to find the "real" Narnia and more importantly the "real" Aslan. If you are one of those who would like to know what it really means to be "on Aslan's side" , then this book is for you. Learn from heart-warming characters such as Puddleglum and Reepicheep. Are you ready to start living like a Narnian? About the Author Nicole Enyart is author to two previous books, The Prince and the Pirate and Angels Unawares. She attended Bible College where she received her bachelor's in elementary education and is currently working toward her master's degree in the same field. She currently teaches junior high and high school science, history, and physical education at a Christian private school. She truly enjoys being that "crazy science teacher" with the pet tarantula, whose experiments may sometimes blow up. As well as being the drill sergeant PE teacher, whose class is called "torture Tuesday" oh so fondly. Most of all, she loves her God and Savior and does her best every day to glorify Him (Psalms 46).
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The Fiction of C S Lewis

3 Images of Good and Evil in the Narnian Chronicles In his essay 'On Three Ways of Writing for Children', Lewis wrote that fairy stories have a particular ...

Author: Kath Filmer

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781349225354

Category: Literary Criticism

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This book examines the way in which the fictional writings of C.S. Lewis reveal much about the man himself and his quest for psychological and spiritual wholeness. There is new material dealing with C.S. Lewis's political writings, especially the correspondences between his thriller, That Hideous Strength and George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, and some new insights into Lewis's attitudes to women.
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Journal of Character Education

The Narnian Virtues research is informed by the design and findings of the Knightly Virtues University Character erary ...

Author: Jacques S. Benninga

Publisher: IAP

ISBN: 9781681236001

Category: Education

Page: 97

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The Journal of Character Education is the only professional journal in education devoted to character education. It is designed to cover the field—from the latest research to applied best practices. We include original research reports, editorials and conceptual articles by the best minds in our field, reviews of latest books, ideas and examples of the integration with character education of socio?emotional learning and other relevant strategies, and manuscripts by educators that describe best practices in teaching and learning related to character education. The Journal of Character Education has for over a decade been the sole scholarly journal focused on research, theory, measurement, and practice of character education. This issue includes four empirical articles, a practitioner’s voice, and a book review. Topics covered in this issue include different approaches to character education in the classroom (e.g., using literature, narrative writing), how teachers promote character education, and how coaches may promote character development.
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Word and Story in C S Lewis

Writing of the Narnian stories in a letter dated as late as 1958, he describes them rather as “suppositions,” distinguishing them from allegory as follows: ...

Author: Peter J. Schakel

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781556355875

Category: Social Science

Page: 330

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Word and Story has broken new ground by enlisting well-known scholars in the examination of Lewis's ideas about language and narrative, both as stated in theory and as exemplified in practice. Never before has such clear, significant, and thorough work in these areas been brought together in one place. This compilation of sixteen essays demonstrates how an awareness of Lewis's ideas about language and narrative is essential to a full understanding and appreciation of his thought and works. The contributors examine Lewis's poetry, The Dark Woods, Studies in Words, and other works that have so far received little attention, in addition to more familiar parts of the Lewis canon. By approaching Lewis primarily as an artist and theorist, not just a Christian apologist, these essays offer new insights into his creative imagination, critical acumen, and his craftsmanship as a writer. One comes away from this book with a fresh vision and with heightened expectation, eager to return to Lewis's works.
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The Way Into Narnia

We find out later that the Narnian name for Christ is Aslan . If his birthday is celebrated in Narnia , it should be called Aslan - mass , not Christmass .

Author: Peter J. Schakel

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 0802829848

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 202

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Directed to both new and longtime readers of the Chronicles, suggests reading the stories as fairy tales and offers analysis which relates the Chronicles to the life and interests of C.S. Lewis.
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Narnia and the Fields of Arbol

Alan Jacobs, The Narnian: The Life and Imagination of C. S. Lewis (San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 2005), xx–xxi. 3. Dr. Bruce Edwards, quoted from ...

Author: Matthew Dickerson

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 9780813138657

Category: Nature

Page: 320

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Scholars have discussed the work of C. S. Lewis (1898--1963) for decades, but they have focused on Lewis's Christian and pagan allusions and have largely ignored his other important themes. Narnia and the Fields of Arbol: The Environmental Vision of C. S. Lewis is the first book dedicated to Lewis's vision of our relationship to nature and the environment. Matthew T. Dickerson and David O'Hara examine The Chronicles of Narnia and the Ransom books, as well as The Great Divorce, The Abolition of Man, and Lewis's essays and personal correspondence, connecting his writing with that of authors more traditionally associated with environmentalism, such as Wendell Berry, Aldo Leopold, and Gary Snyder. Narnia and the Fields of Arbol offers a fresh way for readers across disciplines to understand the work of this literary legend.
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C S Lewis

Shortly after that meeting, Lewis handed Green a manuscript, the first of the series of Narnian stories he was to read in that form.

Author: Colin Duriez

Publisher: Lion Books

ISBN: 9780745957258

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

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An Oxford student of C.S. Lewis's said he found his new tutor interesting, and was told by J.R.R. Tolkien, 'Interesting? Yes, he's certainly that. You'll never get to the bottom of him.' You can learn a great deal about people by their friends and nowhere is this more true than in the case of C.S. Lewis, the remarkable academic, author, populariser of faith - and creator of Narnia. He lost his mother early in life, and became estranged from his father, much to his regret. Throughout his life, key relationships mattered deeply to him, from his early days in the north of Ireland and his schooldays in England, as still a teenager in the trenches of World War One, and then later in Oxford. The friendships he cultivated throughout his life proved to be vital, influencing his thoughts, his beliefs and his writings. What did Arthur Greeves, a life-long friend from his adolescence, bring to him? How did J.R.R. Tolkien, and the other members of the now famous Inklings, shape him? Why, in his early twenties, did he move in with a single mother twice his age, Janie Moore, and live with her for so many years until her death? And why did he choose to marry so late? What of the relationship with his alcoholic and gifted brother, who eventually joined his unusual household? In this sparkling new biography, which draws on material not previously published, Colin Duriez brings C.S. Lewis and his friendships to life.
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Tolkien and C S Lewis

One of Tolkien's central criticisms of Lewis's Narnian stories was that they ... He saw the Narnian stories as arising out of what he called a “supposal” ...

Author: Colin Duriez

Publisher: Paulist Press

ISBN: 9781587680267

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 244

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Reveals the complex friendship between the two literary figures, noting their shared academic experiences at Oxford University, Lewis's influence on Tolkien's completion of The Lord of the Rings, and the differences in their temperaments and spiritual beliefs. Original.
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Journey Into Narnia

Lewis advised Laurence to pray that if his thoughts and feelings about the Narnian Chronicles were in some way bad, God would change them; but to pray for ...

Author: Kathryn Ann Lindskoog

Publisher: Hope Publishing House

ISBN: 0932727891

Category: Literary Criticism

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Renowned C. S. Lewis scholar Kathryn Lindskoog has here expanded and updated her classic study of Lewis's Narnia series originally titled, "The Lion of Judah in Never-Never Land: The Theology of C.S. Lewis Expressed in his fantasies for Children." Now with the addition of a study guide, including a look at the chronological order of the series of the seven books, the "Journey into Narnia" is filled with abundant and fresh new background information that not only puts the series in its context but explains many of the English terms unfamiliar to the American reader. Ms. Lindskoog provides many Biblical parallels which illumine the plot. These concise insights and applications are designed for personal reading pleasure as well as being practical helpers for teachers, parents and ministers. When C. S. Lewis read the first draft of this manuscript, he commented, "You are in the center of the target everywhere. For one thing, you know my work better than anyone else I've met; certainly better than I do myself.... You (alone of the critics I've met) realize the connection or even the unity of all the books-scholarly, fantastic, theological-and make me appear a single author, not a man who impersonates half a dozen authors, which is what I seem to most. This wins really very high marks indeed." This important text of Lewis scholarship has been copied, widely used but never surpassed.
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Magical Objects

In The Silver Chair ( 1953 ) , a doorway in a school wall acts as a portal from England to the Narnian world , and the close of the novel dramatically ...

Author: Elmar Schenkel

Publisher: Galda & Wilch

ISBN: 3931397564

Category: English literature

Page: 201

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Catholic Book Summaries

It is agreed that there are not enough Narnian troops to meet Miraz in open battle, so a new plan must be drawn. Peter decides the best route would be to ...

Author: Matthew Plese


ISBN: 9781304032195

Category: Religion

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Catholic Book Summaries presents 54 summaries of Catholic books in a concise, clear, and complete manner. With so many books for Catholics to read and understand, Catholic Book Summaries is an attempt to synthesize some of the most well known traditional and contemporary classics for today's Catholics. Meant for Catholics of all ages, this book is your guide to understanding dozens of books in a fraction of the time required to read them all. This is an entire library of ""must read"" Catholic books condensed into one volume. These summaries of the most important Catholic thinkers of all time are not just quick facts. They distill the wisdom of our great Catholic thinkers such as Blessed Cardinal Newman, Archbishop Fulton Sheen, Scott Hahn, GK Chesterton and so many more.
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C S Lewis Narnia For Dummies

Except for The Horse and His Boy, all the Narnian Chronicles involve English children entering the world of Narnia. These inter-worldly travels begin and ...

Author: Richard Wagner

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118070048

Category: Religion

Page: 384

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Reflecting the Eternal

23.75), and the Narnian crew compares the unnamed flowers they are sailing through to lilies (see VDT 259–61). (9) When the pilgrim seems to see all of ...

Author: Marsha Daigle-Williamson

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

ISBN: 9781619708334

Category: Literary Criticism

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The characters, plots, and potent language of C. S. Lewis's novels reveal everywhere the modern writer' admiration for Dante's Divine Comedy. Throughout his career Lewis drew on the structure, themes, and narrative details of Dante's medieval epic to present his characters as spiritual pilgrims growing toward God. Dante's portrayal of sin and sanctification, of human frailty and divine revelation, are evident in all of Lewis's best work. Readers will see how a modern author can make astonishingly creative use of a predecessor's material - in this case, the way Lewis imitated and adapted medieval ideas about spiritual life for the benefit of his modern audience. Nine chapters cover all of Lewis's novels, from Pilgrim's Regress and his science-fiction to The Chronicles of Narnia and Till We Have Faces. Readers will gain new insight into the sources of Lewis's literary imagination that represented theological and spiritual principles in his clever, compelling, humorous, and thoroughly human stories.
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Law and the Internet

Unfortunately , Narnia has an identical Financial Services Act , and the Narnian FSA takes the view that SalesCo's Web site , being accessible by Narnian ...

Author: Lilian Edwards

Publisher: Hart Publishing

ISBN: UOM:39015051300567

Category: Computers

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This book covers areas of the law which are important to the arena of electronic commerce: intellectual property; e-commerce; and content liability.
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Revisiting Narnia

work out their destinies and meanings vis-à-vis signifieds that are purely Narnian. Yet, they too (by the slipperiness of the signifier) are to be numbered ...

Author: Shanna Caughey

Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.

ISBN: 1935251481

Category: Literary Criticism

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Theologians, psychologists, academics, feminists, and fantasists offer humor, insight, and fresh perspectives on the enchanting and beloved Chronicles of Narnia series. Such contributors as fantasists Sarah Zettel and Lawrence Watt-Evans, children's literature scholar Naomi Wood, and C.S. Lewis scholars Colin Duriez and Joseph Pearce discuss topics such as J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle Earth's influence on the conception of Narnia, the relevance of allegory for both Christians and non-Christians, the idea of divine providence in Narnia, and Narnia's influence on modern-day witchcraft. Fans of the wildly popular series will revel in the examination of all aspects of C.S. Lewis and his magical Narnia.
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The Magical World of the Inklings

Of the seven books of the Narnian chronicles, three in particular have as their main spring the deep divine magic of heaven, in the bringing into being and ...

Author: Gareth Knight

Publisher: Skylight Press

ISBN: 9781908011015

Category: Literary Criticism

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The works of J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Charles Williams and Owen Barfield have had a profound impact on the contemporary world. The Magical World of the Inklings reveals how each of these writers created a 'magical world' which initiates the reader into hidden and powerful realms of the creative imagination.
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Field Guide to Narnia

And it was, of course, he who has brought me, in the last few years to write a series of Narnian stories for children; not asking what children want and ...

Author: Colin Duriez

Publisher: The History Press

ISBN: 9780752495545

Category: History

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Whether this is your first visit to C. S. Lewis's wonderful fantasy world or you have been there many times, you'll want to bring along this handy companion to the landscape and inhabitants of Narnia, including an A to Z guide to its characters, places, objects, and events.
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